Charity No. SC 002731
Dates for 2017: Thursday 31st and Friday 1st September.
JUNIOR competitions - Friday 1st September
ALL pipers should register to be considered for the 2017 competitions and to receive a new username and password. Please click on 'registration' on the list to the right of this page.
The Senior piping competitions comprise three piobaireachd competitions; the Clasp, the Gold Medal and the Silver Medal and five light music competitions; the Former Winners March, Strathspey and Reel, the "A" grade March, Strathspey and Reel, the "B" grade March, Strathspey and Reel and the Hornpipe and Jig (which is open to those selected to play in the "A" grade light music competition and above) and the "B" grade Hornpipe and Jig (which is open to those selected to play in the "B" grade light music competition).
The main sponsors of these piping competitions are: The Northern Meeting Piping Trust; The Highland Council Inverness Common Good Fund; The Highland Society of London. Generous support is also obtained from The Piobaireachd Society; The Highlanders Museum; John Dewar & Sons, Distillers; Duncan Chisholm & Sons, Kiltmakers; The Competing Pipers' Association; J Nicol Manson, Waterside Hotel, Inverness; The Royal Celtic Society and numerous other kind contributors.
A number of trophies have been donated over the years, the most prestigious of which is the Highland Society of London's Gold Medal. Other prizes include the Rothiemurchus Trophy, the Colin C Drummond Memorial Trophy, Mrs Macdonald of Craigniche Trophy, the Silver Star and the Bronze Star both presented by the Royal Scottish Piper's Society and the Competing Piper's Association Silver Medal.
The Northern Meeting Piping Competitions administer the competitions by the website. However, paper copies of the various forms, regulation and rules are available if a piper does not wish to use this form of communication. If you are aware that a piper does not have access to a computer or does not wish to register by the web, can you please advise them to contact the piping secretary by letter or email. In the unlikely event that you do not receive an automated email acknowledging receipt of your registration, please inform the piping secretary!
Please note that those who registered and were accepted for the competitions are assumed to be competing and if you wish to withdraw it is essential that the Piping Secretary is contacted timeously. Failure to do so within the accepted time may mean that that you may not be considered eligible to compete in the following year.
Payment for entry should be made payable to Northern Meeting Piping Trust and sent to the Piping Secretary, 22 Drumdevan Place, Inverness, IV2 4DQ. The entry fee for the Senior Competitions is £50 for two or more and £30 for one.
To register for the Argyllshire Gathering, please go to www.obangames.com
Other useful sites are:
The Competing Pipers Association - www.competingpipers.com
Piobaireachd Society - www.piobaireachd.co.uk
The Royal Celtic Society - www.royalcelticsociety.org.uk